The Union Pacific Railroad will close its busy crossing at downtown Santa Rita Road to vehicles and pedestrians for two days to install new tracks and make other major improvements. The crossing will be closed starting at 6 a.m., Monday, June 17, and is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. the following day.
Union Pacific representatives said the rail crossing will be completely reconstructed. Work on the tracks will start after the last morning Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) train passes through, and the tracks will be re-installed in time for that afternoon's ACE train.
Detours were designed to minimize traffic on residential streets. During the road closure, southbound Santa Rita Road through traffic will be detoured via Valley Avenue to Stanley Boulevard, and back to Santa Rita Road/Main Street.
Santa Rita Road will be open north of the Union Pacific crossing for traffic to residential areas and Amador Valley High School.
BART extends bike trial
The BART Board of Directors voted to allow bikes during commute periods for a five-month trial period from July 1-Dec. 1.
Starting July 1, bikes will be allowed on all trains, including during commute hours; however, bikes are not allowed on the first three cars of any train to provide options for those who want to avoid them.
Other safety rules relating to bikes will still apply: Bikes are never allowed on crowded trains; priority seating goes to seniors and those with disabilities; bikes cannot block doorways or aisles and are not allowed on escalators. Folding bikes are still allowed on all trains at all times.
According to customer surveys, 76% of respondents support allowing bikes during commute hours, 7-9 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.
A bike etiquette campaign will begin in July to encourage safe and courteous practices. BART is also working to double the number of secure bike parking spots at stations.
An item in the police bulletin May 24 incorrectly identified the hotel where a woman had skipped out on a $1,300 bill. The hotel was the Four Points Sheraton.